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ALADDIN-G5K : ensuring the development of Grid'5000

for the 2008-2012 period

An infrastructure distributed in 9 sites around France, for research in large-scale parallel and distributed systems

Engineers ensuring the development and day to day support of the infrastructure are mostly provided by INRIA, under the ADT ALADDIN-G5K initiative.

Latest news

Grid'5000 Spring School 2011 announced

Organized in Reims, from April 18th to April 21st 2011, this spring school will bring together, but is not limited to, Grid'5000's users, technical team and executive committee for 4 days of tutorials and talks focusing on best-practices and results. Presentations and practical sessions will cover both basic usage of the platform, for new users, or potential users of Grid'5000 and advanced and new usage of the platform, for current users.

Latest updated experiment descriptions


Latest updated publications

Five random publications that benefited from Grid'5000 (at least 2143 overall):

  • Giuseppe Di Lena, Andrea Tomassilli, Damien Saucez, Frédéric Giroire, Thierry Turletti, et al.. Demo Proposal - Distrinet: a Mininet implementation for the Cloud. CoNEXT 2019 - 15th International Conference on emerging Networking EXperiments and Technologies, Dec 2019, Orlando, FL, United States. hal-02359695 view on HAL pdf
  • Imran Sheikh, Emmanuel Vincent, Irina Illina. On semi-supervised LF-MMI training of acoustic models with limited data. INTERSPEECH 2020, Oct 2020, Shanghai, China. hal-02907924 view on HAL pdf
  • Damien Masson, Sylvain Malacria, Edward Lank, Géry Casiez. Chameleon: Bringing Interactivity to Static Digital Documents. CHI 2020 - ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Apr 2020, Honolulu, United States. 10.1145/3313831.3376559. hal-02467817 view on HAL pdf
  • Shu-Mei Tseng, Bogdan Nicolae, George Bosilca, Emmanuel Jeannot, Aparna Chandramowlishwaran, et al.. Towards Portable Online Prediction of Network Utilization using MPI-level Monitoring. EuroPar'19: 25th International European Conference on Parallel and Distributed Systems, Aug 2019, Goettingen, Germany. hal-02184204 view on HAL pdf
  • Nathanael Cheriere, Matthieu Dorier, Gabriel Antoniu, Stefan M. Wild, Sven Leyffer, et al.. Pufferscale: Rescaling HPC Data Services for High Energy Physics Applications. CCGRID -2020 - 20th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud and Internet Computing, May 2020, Melbourne, Australia. pp.182-191, 10.1109/CCGrid49817.2020.00-75. hal-02961907 view on HAL pdf


Screencast of latest webUI developments available

A screencast demoing the latest developments in the user interface built on top of the API's is now available. These developments showcase in particular how the webUI can help you understand and aggregate the metrics of an experiment to help you check whether what is happening is what you are expecting. Remember that the API exposes all the data used by the webUI: you can build your own comparable tools.

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Grid'5000 at a glance

Grid'5000 sites
  • Grid'5000 is a scientific instrument for the study of large scale parallel and distributed systems. It aims at providing a highly reconfigurable, controlable and monitorable experimental platform to its users. The initial aim (circa 2003) was to reach 5000 processors in the platform. It has been reframed at 5000 cores, and was reached during winter 2008-2009.
  • The infrastructure of Grid'5000 is geographically distributed on different sites hosting the instrument, initialy 9 in France. Porto Alegre, Brazil is now officially becoming the 10th site.


Grid'5000 allows experiments in all these software layers
  • Grid'5000 is a research effort developping a large scale nation wide infrastructure for large scale parallel and distributed computing research.
  • 17 laboratories are involved in France with the objective of providing the community a testbed allowing experiments in all the software layers between the network protocols up to the applications.

The current plans are to extend from the 9 initial sites each with 100 to a thousand PCs, connected by the RENATER Education and Research Network to a bigger platform including a few sites outside France not necessarily connected through a dedicated network connection. Sites in Brazil and Luxembourg should join shortly.

All sites in France are connected to RENATER with a 10Gb/s link.

This high collaborative research effort is funded by INRIA, CNRS, the Universities of all sites and some regional councils.

Initial Rationale

The foundations of Grid'5000 have emerged from a thorough analysis and numerous discussions about methodologies used for scientific research in the Grid domain. A report presents the rationale for Grid'5000.

In addition to theory, simulators and emulators, there is a strong need for large scale testbeds where real life experimental conditions hold. The size of Grid'5000, in terms of number of sites and number of processors per site, was established according to the scale of the experiments and the number of researchers involved in the project.

Current funding

As from June 2008, INRIA is the main contributor to Grid'5000 funding.






University Joseph Fourier, Grenoble
University of Rennes 1, Rennes
Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse / INSA / FERIA / Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse
University Bordeaux 1, Bordeaux
University Lille 1, Lille
Ecole Normale Supérieure, Lyon

Regional councils

Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur
Nord Pas de Calais